The last time we saw Sandra Bullock on the stage at a major awards show, she was collecting an Academy Award for her role in “The Blind Side.” Things were a little different on Sunday night at the MTV Movie Awards, where the lovable actress — whose movies have grossed nearly $700 million worldwide in the past year — celebrated her latest honor by smooching with Scarlett Johansson.
With co-stars Betty White and Bradley Cooper joined by Johansson to present the Generation Award, Bullock got a standing ovation from the rowdy crowd.
“Sandy, I know I’m not alone in saying I hope you know how loved you are,” said Cooper, screaming over the hyped-up audience. “Both for your incredible talent and for being such a humble and effervescent woman. I know you by many names: Sandra B., Sands, S Bomb, Supreme, Sausage, Sanda Duche.” Cooper bragged about getting to know Bullock on the set of the “award-winning” film “All About Steve,” which earned her a Razzie for Best Actress the same weekend she won the Oscar for “The Blind Side.”
“You’re a once-in-a-generation talent,” he said. “You inspire me with the ability to shine through any darkness, and congratulations on this award.”
With a Golden Globe in her pocket, as well as a pair of giant hits this year with “The Proposal” and “Blind Side,” Bullock’s nearly 20-year Hollywood career was reason enough to honor the actress. She’s won moviegoers’ hearts as everything from America’s bumbling sweetheart to damaged and righteous women and a few damsels in distress, all of it evidenced in the tribute shown before Bullock took the stage. Glimpses of everything from “Miss Congeniality” to “While You Were Sleeping” and “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” were featured in the montage.
“You are grace defined and I adore you madly,” said everyone’s favorite foul-mouthed granny, White, who got to know Bullock during the filming of “The Proposal.”
“Our sex scenes were cut for theatrical release,” she lamented, “but don’t worry, everyone can see them on the unrated DVD. Sandy, you are a national treasure, which I know a thing or two about since my ovaries were recently named historical monuments.” Then, despite professing to be a huge fan of Bullock’s movies, White went on to prove she knows nothing about the actresses’ oeuvre, describing “Blind Side” as Bullock’s “daring and race-bending portrayal of Stevie Wonder.”
Johansson, however, preferred to just keep mum, perhaps still holding a grudge over the full-frontal scene Bullock shared with Ryan Reynolds — Johansson’s husband — in “The Proposal.”
With her radiant smile on display, Bullock, who has won four previous MTV Movie Awards, soaked in the extended ovation, begging the audience to sit down. “So the Generation Award, is that an award for old people who have extended their welcome and we should make nice and leave so someone new could come in, because that’s not going to happen. I’m staying,” said Bullock, wearing a shimmering black minidress and apologizing to Cooper for co-starring with him in the only one of his movies that has bombed so far.
“No matter what you might have seen or heard or read lately, I love what I do,” she added with an emphatic finger wag. “And I’m not going anywhere. Speaking of what you might have read or heard lately, I thought I’d take this moment to clear up a couple things.”
She then pulled out a slip of paper and read the following: “I am not dead. Number 2, everybody has cellulite, not just me. Paparazzi need more flattering lenses. Whoever established the high road and how high it was going to be should be fired. And I’ve never gone 14 days without showering, while chain-smoking while crying on the shoulder of my sweet aunt Ludie, because I shower twice a day, I don’t smoke and sweet Aunt Ludie died a year ago.”
When Bullock finally asked Johansson why she was there, the actress admitted she was filling in for Reynolds, who could not make it. That set up a way awkward moment between the two women, during which Johansson complimented Bullock for the really nice, really soft-looking kiss she shared with Reynolds, then slowly approached the honoree and proceeded to share a sweet lady kiss that shocked everyone.
“Now that we have done that, can we please go back to normal,” Bullock pleaded, urging the audience to say a prayer for those affected by the devastating BP Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. “Because therapy is really expensive. Go back to making fun of me, I don’t care. It’s time to get back to normal.”
Bullock joins a roster of past Generation Award winners that includes such funnymen as Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers and Jim Carrey, not to mention Les Grossman himself, Tom Cruise. But on Sunday night, she became the first-ever female recipient of the honor.
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